Aims & Scope
The ICGA Journal provides an international forum for computer games researchers presenting new results on ongoing work. The editors invite contributors to submit papers on all aspects of research related to computers and games. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
(1) the current state of game-playing programs for board games, card games, and puzzles,
(2) the current state of virtual, casual, and video games,
(3) new theoretical developments in game-related research,
(4) theoretical and practical work on the design of games and puzzles, and
(5) general scientific contributions produced by the study of games.
Also welcome is research on topics such as:
(6) social aspects of computer games,
(7) cognitive research of how humans play games,
(8) capture and analysis of game data, and
(9) issues related to networked games are invited to submit their contributions.
Prof. I.-C. Wu
Department of Computer Science , National Chiao Tung University
Prof. M. Winands
Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, Maastricht University
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Prof. T. Cazenave (acting Editor-in-Chief)
Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University
Prof. dr. H.J. van den Herik
Editor for ICGA affairs
Dr. W. Kosters
Department of Computer Science (LIACS)
Dr. Cameron Browne
Dr. Aviezri S. Fraenkel
Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Dr. Tang-sheng Hsu
Institute of Information Science and Information Engineering
Dr. A. Akihiro Kishimoto
Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Lida
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer
University of Alberta
Dr. Gerald Tesauro
Dr. Yoshimasa Tsuruoka
University of Tokyo
Prof. Dr. Jiao Wang
Prof. Dr. Xinhe Xu
Cabell's Guide or Directory
Web of Science: Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
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By default, articles published in ICGA Journal are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1500 / US$ 1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 2150 / US$ 2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.
ICGA Journal Peer Review Policy
ICGA Journal is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a rigorous, timely and single blinded peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Upon request authors may be granted a double blinded peer review process, where the identity of the authors is not communicated to the reviewers. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.
All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the acting Editor-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.
Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor is an Associate Editor or one of the Editors-in-Chief for the journal, with expertise on the subject matter of the paper. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Decisions are based on a minimum of two referee reports. The referee reports are then assessed by the handling editor, who makes a decision which is then subject to approval of the acting Editor-in-Chief.
Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:
- Originality, novelty and significance of results
- Technical quality of work
- Comprehensibility and presentation of the paper
- Overall impression
Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief a recommendation:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
They mean the following:
- Accept: The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- Minor revisions required: The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the acting Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- Major revisions required: The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- Reject: The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
Once the first decision is approved by the acting Editor-in-Chief it is then conveyed to the (corresponding) author along with the referee’s anonymized reports. Revised manuscripts will be appraised again by the handling editor, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a decision, Authors are eventually notified of a accept or reject decision by the acting Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final. The acting Editor-in-Chief has ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal.
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